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Microsoft TechEd 2009 Keynote

by on May.13, 2009, under Storage

Microsoft TechEd 2009 Keynote

If you&aposve never attended TechEd or PDC, the week usually begins with a keynote address designed to get the attendees excited about forthcoming technologies coming from the teams in Redmond and beyond.


As a software developer, this years TechEd left me wondering where was the announcements to get excited about. Sure we have the RC builds of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and these operating systems are definitely something that developers and their IT Pro peers can get excited about; but there was nothing mentioned we didn&apost already know. Bill Veghte announced to attendees that Windows 7 is on schedule for a holiday release and that was as specific as he got on the subject, which is surprising considering that Steven Sinofsky blogged yesterday that we "will enter the final phases of the RTM process in about 3 months".

Bill Veghte announced that SQL Server 2008 R2, previously known by the codename "Kilimanjaro", will be available as a Community Technology Preview (CTP) later this year. He also mentioned that there would be a private CTP build of Office 2010 available in July and that attendees could sign up for the CTP build that will likely be delivered through the Connect website. While it wasn&apost mentioned during the keynote address, the Office 2010 the movie Web page allows you to be wait listed for the limited CTP.

In reality there wasn&apost anything for developers to get that overly excited about; Visual Studio 2010 was not even mentioned once during the keynote address. I was left wondering "had I accidentally attended the TechEd 2009 IT Conference and maybe the TechEd 2009 Developers Conference was next week?"

Alright, I&aposm joking about that…

Microsoft then brought out Mark Russinovich on stage and I was expecting to see a highly technical discussion focused at developers. Alas, he then introduced us to capabilities in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, exciting for the IT Pro no doubt, that will allow them to further restrict the applications users can run upon their corporate machines. I just hope that no one from Intel IT was attending this morning.

In the various sessions focusing upon Visual Studio 2010, the .NET Framework 4.0, C# 4.0, etc. attendees are being told that the beta is coming soon although no specific date has been publically announced. Builds of Visual Studio 2010 shown within sessions certainly are encouraging and the teams in Redmond are making progress towards the beta milestone.

Parallelism is definitely making an impact upon the session schedule this week with 10 sessions focused upon parallelism and the many-core shift. Stephen Toub presented an excellent overview session on "The Many-Core Shift – Making Parallel Computing Mainstream" and fellow C# MVP Mark Michaelis presented another excellent session on "Parallel Computing API&aposs with the .NET Framework 4.0".

Another C# MVP, Oliver Sturm, hosted a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session where the whiteboard was only used to give his contact information although a very spirited conversation was had among twenty or so attendees on parallelization and the benefits of functional programming.


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